Feb. 26, 2013
AUBURN – Auburn women’s tennis jumped 42 spots to No. 17 in this week’s Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) Division I rankings. It marks the first time Auburn has been ranked in the top 25 since the end of the 1996 season.
“We are excited, but we aren’t finished,” second-year head coach Lauren Longbotham Meisner said. “We have to keep pushing. We are not satisfied, but it is good for the returners who have worked so hard to get to be a top 25 program. We have worked really, really hard in practices. Our goal is to become a top 10 program and we are well on our way. We still have a lot of work left to do.”
Auburn moved the most positions of any team to crack the Top 25, leaping 42 spots.
The Tigers (10-1) are off to the best start in program history after a doubleheader sweep of No. 67 Tulane and UAB on Saturday. The 10 victories equal the longest winning streak in school history, and it also marks the first time the Tigers have reached 10 wins since 2009.
Auburn’s lone loss of the season was in the dual-match opener against top-ranked North Carolina.
Additionally, Auburn defeated No. 19 Texas Tech last Thursday 5-2 for the first win over a top 25 team in Meisner’s two-year tenure. It was the first time that the 2012 Big XII champions had lost the doubles point in 21 matches.
Auburn freshman Pleun Burgmans is ranked 71st by the ITA and she holds a 5-1 record in dual matches, exclusively from the top spot in the lineup. The freshman is part of the 57th-ranked doubles tandem with senior Plamena Kurteva.
The Tigers open the 2013 SEC schedule on Friday at Mississippi State before traveling to face 42nd-ranked Ole Miss on Sunday. For the latest on Auburn women’s tennis, follow @AUWomensTennis on Twitter.